Four Duke faculty and staff serve as officers for the Beta of North Carolina chapter. Serving in this capacity is an additional honor for these proud Phi Beta Kappa members:

President - Steve Nowicki (Inducted 1976 - Tufts University, Delta Chapter of Massachusetts) / Steve Nowicki is Dean and Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education at Duke.

"For well over two hundred years Phi Beta Kappa has stood for academic excellence in higher education...When I was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa as a college student, it was not only a really proud moment for me and my parents, but also an opportunity to have a credential on my resume."


Vice President - Lee Baker (Inducted 2009 - Duke University, Beta Chapter of North Carolina) / Baker serves as the Dean of Academic Affairs of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.

"Being a part of Phi Beta Kappa and serving as an officer, at Duke, provides me with an opportunity to demonstrate my commitment to the highest academic achievement in the liberal arts."




Secretary-Treasurer - Michael "Gus" Gustafson II (Inducted 1994 - Duke University, Beta Chapter of North Carolina) / Gustafson is Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

"One of the best parts at the start was that my aunt is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa (from DePauw) and she's been one of my greatest inspirations. Over time, I have come to appreciate not only how Phi Beta Kappa recognizes students for their engagement with and success in their liberal arts education but also how Phi Beta Kappa provides a network across disciplines and generations for continuing to support and celebrate advancement in the liberal arts."



Member-at-Large - Betsy Alden (Inducted 1964 - Colorado College, Beta Chapter of Colorado) / Alden is Adjunct Faculty in the Program in Education and Emerita Director of Service-Learning in the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

"Ever since I first read Chaucer’s Cleric’s Tale, I have resonated to his quotation, “Gladly wolde (s)he lerne, and gladly teche.” So when I was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa fifty (!) years ago, I was delighted to be part of an organization whose motto is “Love of learning is the guide of life.”  I have kept up with many of my former students over the years, and that truth is what binds us across time and distance.  I am so glad I was able to return to Duke to help instill this motto through my own teaching and by encouraging students in the fine art of reflection through service-learning."

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